Jan. 18, 2011

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Today's Featured Story

US Oncology May Go National With Private-Sector Accountable Care Organization
Reprinted from ACO Business News

Single-specialty Medicare accountable care organizations comprised of oncologists, now in the works for a major oncology practice-management network, likely will limit their coverage to regions or states. But there “might be greater opportunity” to go national on the commercial side, using as the anchor an ACO-like venture already underway in Texas that includes the company’s largest affiliated practice, a company executive tells AIS .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

Florida is “the epicenter of the challenge” to reform. “If the [Florida] judge were to rule the expansion of Medicaid were impermissible, that would be a major ruling. That would be a major setback.”

— Joel Hamme, a partner in the Washjngton, D.C., firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Vermille PC, told AIS’s Health Reform Week.

Click here to read the AIS's HEALTH REFORM WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HRW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

More than
18 million…baby boomers (ages 50-64) stand to benefit from reform once Medicaid expansions and subsidized coverage through insurance exchanges kick in, according to a report from Commonwealth Fund.



People on the Move

Acucela Inc., a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company, appointed Al Reaves senior vice president of therapeutic development. Reaves was vice president of drug development at Othera Pharmaceuticals....Percutaneous Systems, Inc., a medical device company, named Gary Curtis president and CEO. Curtis was CEO at Concentric Medical.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Lexington Medical Center
Recovery Supervisor
West Columbia, S.C.

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